Shreveport carjacking suspect arrested after traffic stop turns into high-speed chase in Many

Sabine sheriff’s deputy, Vernon narcotics agent suffer minor injuries
James A. Machado
James A. Machado(Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 12:57 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:57 PM CDT
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MANY, La. (KSLA) - A traffic stop in Many turned into a high-speed chase involving multiple agencies.

On Aug. 3 at 8:30 a.m., Many police officers attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and began to flee from officers.

Sabine sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit, which traveled south through Florien and into Vernon Parish, where officers from the Anacoco Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Vernon Narcotics Task Force joined the pursuit.

The driver, later identified as 24-year-old James A. Machado, attempted to ram officer units while traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 171 through Hornbeck and Anacoco toward Leesville.

Machado was able to avoid spike strips on at least two occasions. Sabine deputies attempted to use pursuit intervention techniques on the vehicle but with no success. Sabine deputies reported Machado laughed and would wave each time they attempted to stop him.

He then reportedly rammed a Sabine patrol deputy’s vehicle multiple times as the deputy was attempting to get civilians out of the driver’s lane of travel, disabling the patrol vehicle.

A female Vernon Parish narcotics agent then struck Machado’s vehicle head-on, finally bringing his vehicle to a stop. Officers from multiple agencies surrounded the vehicle and were forced to break out the driver’s window to remove him from the vehicle.

It was learned that the vehicle Machado was driving was reported as stolen in an armed carjacking in Shreveport. Officials say he initially refused to cooperate with law enforcement, providing them with several names during booking. He eventually identified himself and his identity was confirmed with New Hampshire law enforcement authorities.

He was transported to the Vernon Parish Jail and booked for the following:

  • reckless operation
  • aggravated flight from an officer
  • five counts of resisting an officer with force or violence
  • failure to obey red lights
  • misrepresentation during booking
  • general speed law
  • driving on roadways laned for traffic
  • no driver’s license on person
  • careless operation
  • failure to use turn signals
  • traveling in roadway ditches
  • six counts of property damage
  • three counts of hit-and-run driving
  • possession of stolen things
  • obstruction of public passages

Bond has not been set. Machado remains in the VPSO jail with detainers for the Many Police Department, Shreveport Police Department and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

The Sabine Parish deputy and the female narcotics agent suffered minor injuries. Two VPSO patrol units suffered significant damage.

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